Wheel of Fortune, America’s #1 syndicated series, will originate from New York when the show celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary this fall, it was announced today by co-host Vanna White at the Empire State Building.
Host Pat Sajak, White and the whole Los Angeles-based crew will set up shop at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 29 and 30 to tape three weeks of shows, which will air in November.
Thousands of fans will have the opportunity to see the iconic show tape special episodes which will include “Celebrity Week,” showcasing stars from film, television and sports, paired with a fan, with the stars spinning the wheel for their favorite charities; “Best Friends Week,” featuring New York buddies playing together for cash and prizes; and “Heroes Week,” honoring firefighters, police officers, paramedics and more from the Tri State Area. Fans wishing to audition to be contestants on the show can access information and applications at 7online.com.
“We are excited to celebrate this important event in this magnificent city,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “We wanted to commemorate this special occasion in a big way, and we couldn’t think of a better place to do it than in New York City.”
The syndicated version of “Wheel of Fortune” made its debut in 1983, with Pat Sajak at the controls. Since then, he has earned three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Since she made her debut on Wheel of Fortune in 1982, Vanna White has built a phenomenal following worldwide. Her fans continue to grow, and her weekly fan mail continues to number in the thousands. In April 2006, White received her Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
An impressive 47 million people watch Wheel of Fortune every week, and its ratings rival most prime-time shows. Wheel of Fortune has been the #1 syndicated show on television since it premiered 25 years ago. No syndicated show has ever knocked it off its perch. It is the second longest-running show in first-run syndication, after only “Entertainment Tonight.” Over the years, the show has won five Emmy awards and been nominated an astounding 48 times.
Wheel of Fortune can be seen Monday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on WABC-TV in New York. Starting on August 13, information regarding tickets to the New York shows will be available on the WABC website or www.wheeloffortune.com.
The show can be seen on over 200 stations across the country and is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company and is distributed domestically and internationally by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp.